Last month, the Mayor of the City of Hampton, Barry Layne Moore, was arrested for selling Oxycodone, a strong narcotic prescription drug. According to a report by the Orlando Sentinel, the arrest prompted the sheriff of Bradford County to comment, “this isn’t Toronto,” referring to the several month long saga surrounding Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his admitted crack cocaine use. The sheriff continued, “We will not tolerate illegal drug activity in my jurisdiction by anyone to include our elected officials.” It has yet to be seen if Mayor Moore will face any criminal charges or if he will be required to step down from his position.
Prescription Drug Crimes In Florida
In Florida, it is illegal to possess any prescription drug without a prescription. In fact, the possession and distribution of prescription drugs are crimes that are taken very seriously across all of Florida. Although many Floridians may not be aware, prescription drug charges can be even more serious than charges for possession, distribution, or manufacture of “street” drugs, such as marijuana, cocaine, and heroin.
To create a uniform system, the legislature has grouped all substances into a number of “Schedules” depending on the drug’s addictive qualities and public safety threat.
The Various Drug Schedules in Florida
Under Florida law, there are 5 different drug schedules. The least serious schedule is “Schedule V” and the most serious is “Schedule I.” The crime for possession or distribution of a drug will be more or less severe depending on what schedule the drug is in and how much of the drug the defendant is found with. Each schedule has dozens of listed drugs; however, below is a list of some of the more common listings under each schedule:
- Schedule V: A catch-all schedule designed to include any illegal substance that has a “low potential for abuse” and “may lead to limited physical or psychological dependence.”
- Schedule IV: Alprazolam (Xanax)
- Schedule III: Testosterone (and other natural and synthetic steroids)
- Schedule II: Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Opium, Codeine, Cocaine
- Schedule I: Psilocybin, Cannabis, LSD, Heroin
Have You Been Charged with a Drug Offense in Florida?
If you have been charged with the possession or distribution of prescription drugs, you are facing the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence if convicted. To avoid being taken advantage of by the police and prosecutors you should retain the services of an experienced Jacksonville criminal defense attorney. The sooner your attorney is able to begin working through the facts of your case, the better the chance he or she will be able to get the case dismissed.
The Forbess Law Firm is a preeminent Florida criminal defense firm that has a successful record defending against prescription drug charges. The skilled attorneys at the Forbess Law Firm are dedicated to their clients and stand by them no matter what charges they face and no matter how strong the evidence against them may seem. Contact the Forbess Law Firm online, or by phone at 904-634-0900 to speak to an experienced and dedicated criminal defense attorney.
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